Going places with English at Nord

– With the English programme at Nord University you get even better insight than you signed up for, says Norwegian student Thea Regine Pedersen.

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Finding the right track. Bachelor students in English at Nord University. From left, Thea Regine Pedersen, Henrik Haukås and Ronja Sundt. Photo: Per Jarl Elle.
We spoke to Thea (27, left) and some of her fellow English bachelor students. 

Throughout school, English has always been Thea's  favourite subject.  

– One important aspect of studying English, whether it be for a year or an entire degree, is that it is a big plus to have on your CV, she says.

Thea Regine: – Yes, I want to be a teacher

– But why study English in Norway? 

– The English teachers at Nord University are exceptional! They are all from, or have studied in, either the US or UK. Their knowledge of English is bountiful. If you have a desire for studying abroad, you can always do an exchange for a semester or two in your final year. 

– One thing I think is important to add is that in your third year there is the possibility of doing a one year programme within a different degree. I have chosen History, for instance. This programme definitely met my expectations, and even more so. 

– You get even better insight than you signed up for, says English bachelor student, Thea Regine Pedersen. 

Ronja: – I am motivated by this programme 

Ronja Sundt (22) thinks that people should study English.

– Because it gives a good foundation for further studies or jobs. The programme has really opened my eyes, says Ronja, in reading different types of literature, as well as my daily philosophical thinking.

– You learn about how the English linguae is constructed, the language itself, literature and philosophy and simply, how to write, all of which I believe is necessary for everything you choose to do further in life.

Ronja Sundt maintains that the English programme(s) in Norway, especially at Nord University, are of really high quality, and that Nord has a professional and progressive study program. 

– Initially, I was only planning to do a year of the Bachelor in English programme at Nord University, but I continued with all three years because I found the programme really interesting and motivating – and self-improving. 

– I work at Bodø Airport as a passenger agent, and since I will finish my bachelor’s degree this spring, I want to continue my job at the airport. My English language skills have really come in handy there. As for further studies, I think I would like to build on my English degree, maybe going into journalism or social studies, says Ronja Sundt. 

Henrik: – English combines nicely with Japanese

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Broading the perspectives.  What bachelor student Henrik Haukås thinks is good about the English program, is its breadth. Next, he aims for studying Japanese language in Tokyo. Photo: Per Jarl Elle.

Henrik Haukås (23)
is planning to study for up to a year at Gakushuin University in Tokyo. 

Henrik’s goal is to work in business or, potentially, work as a teacher of either Japanese or English.

– An English degree combines very nicely with other skills and fields of study, like economics, business management, international relations etc. Those are studies where having language skills is highly regarded, which means that Japanese or any of the so called "niche" languages will combine nicely. Moreover, English teachers, or generally, people with knowledge of the English language and culture, become more relevant as the communication between, for instance, in my perspective, Japanese and Norwegians increase, says Henrik.

– All the different tools they provide you with so that you can (in analysis) approach a text or any piece of media from a lot of different (theoretical) perspectives is of course also important in interdisciplinary work. The one that I felt made the most impact was "Research and Writing", which taught us the basics of properly writing an essay. It was our first introduction into doing independent research and finding the right sources. 

– The continuous feedback we got during this class was really concrete and the workshops were engaging, says Henrik Haukås.

Birgitte: – I enjoy learning about the world

Klikk her for å endre bildetDiscovering new interests. Nord student Birgitte Annie Martinussen visiting Durham university (photo: private)

Knowing and being comfortable with the English language is becoming increasingly more important in our global world regardless of which career you are seeking, says Birgitte Annie Martinussen. 

– However, I study English because I have always enjoyed language and I feel very privileged to be able to learn about humans and society and developing critical reading and writing skills through something as enjoyable as literature. Not only do I learn about the world around me, but also about myself, and I have found that to be very valuable. 

– Does the degree programme at Nord University meet your expectations?

– Yes, the programme at Nord is definitely meeting my expectations. I admire my lecturers and enjoy learning from them, and they have always been available to help if I have needed it, says Birgitte.

– After taking your Bachelor of English degree at Nord University, do you want to apply for a job, or do you plan to embark on a Master programme?

– Hopefully, I will be able to have a job and study. I have applied for a Master’s programme which is mainly online and available to do at your own pace, and I would like to teach on the side of my studies.

Sophie: – This English degree programme has encouraged me

For British student Sophie Constance Edwards (22), her motivation to study abroad was the experience of a whole different culture in a country she hasn’t lived in before.

– For me coming from the UK, being able to study in a university with no fees allows me more freedom when I've finished my education, as I'm not tied down with any debt! I applied for a few universities across Scandinavia and chose Bodø in North-Norway, for the English course and also because it offered an environment that was so different and exciting from any place I've lived in before, Sophie says.

As an English native speaker she thinks the English degree programme at Nord University has met her expectations.

– Overall yes it does, I think it involves an even variety of the literary, linguistic and cognitive aspects of the English language and does so in enough depth that it becomes more clear which path to take in post-graduate education. I have plans to do a Masters in Italy specialising in Cognition, Linguistics and Philosophy, which I think the English degree at Nord has set me up for so perfectly.

Sophie says she has enjoyed the broadness of the degree.

– Yes, as it's allowed me to discover new areas of interest I wouldn't have necessarily chosen to study and this has further encouraged me to try new and unknown courses during my semester abroad. 

Besides living and studying in the rough, cold and dark winter months, and surviving in accordance with the Norwegian living expenses, Sophie has enjoyed the mind-blowing nature and her new friends.

– It's also been so interesting to meet Norwegians local to Bodø. They have introduced me headfirst into Norwegian culture and helped me get by, for these people I'm very grateful. I've definitely met some lifelong friends here. As well, having the opportunity to study abroad (further) in the third year is such a big advantage, I was genuinely surprised by the amount of places available to choose from at the faculty, says Sophie Constance Edwards from UK. 

Learn more about English at Nord:

«A rich experience of English language, literature and culture is closer than you think: the program with the highest student satisfaction is right here» - Associate professor, Dr. Jessica Hanssen, Nord University (photo: Per Jarl Elle).

• The Norwegian student survey Studiebarometeret  have repeatedly ranked the English section at Nord University Faculty of Education and Arts as delivering one of the top language bachelor studies in Norway, notably The Bachelor of English programme (BAENG). 

• The Frankenreads projekt blog – Celebrating the 200 Anniversary og Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein at Nord University, Bodø, Norway  

• Popular annual trip to University of York, England – A whole week of academic adventure 

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